Library Research Guide
Your K-State ID card is your library card.
Search It is home to your library account
Your K-State eID and password grant access to
Search It is the search box on the Libraries home page. It is a combination of a library catalog and starting point for finding journal articles and more.
Once in Search It, either when viewing your search results list or by choosing the Advanced Search option from our home page, focus your search into four "collections":
Click Sign in at the top right corner of the screen and enter your K-State eID and password.
Signing in allows you to:
Course reserves is when a professor or instructor places a textbook, DVD, or other course materials at a library help desk for students to check out. Items typically have a short check out period, like two hours, to ensure many students can access the materials.
To check what is available on Course Reserves:
In the Search It box located in the middle of our home page, push the Course Reserves button. Next, type in the department abbreviation for your class (like ENGL*), the course code (ENGL 355), or the book title, and hit Enter.
If needed, Refine My Results by choosing a link under Course Name, Course Code and Section, Course Instructors, or Academic Department. These options appear on the left side of the screen.
If you don't see what you are looking for, contact Library Help and we will double check for you.
Still not sure? Enter the full department name and look at the abbreviations under the Course Code and Section options on the left side of the sceen.
Learn more about K-State Libraries' Textbook Affordability Program.
In the course of your research, you will discover articles, books, and other materials that are not immediately available to you because:
Request these materials through interlibrary loan. Every current K-State student, faculty, and staff member has an interlibrary loan account. The first time you login to that account with your eID and password you will be prompted to provide contact information to finish setting up the account.
Use Interlibrary Loan to request a PDF copy of an article even when the physical copy is available in K-State Libraries. We call this service Document Delivery.
Document Delivery is often used by distance students or if you do not need the article immediately. Document Delivery requests are
Example: requesting the article Another Look at "Students' Right to Their Own Language"
How can you tell? The article record indicates it was published in 1977 in Vol. 57. The Holdings information says we have v.49 (1969) through v.72 (1992/1993). Those years include 1977.
Note that we are missing v.48 (1968), which you can tell because we have v.47 (1967) listed by itself, then pick up with the v.49-v.72 run.
You will be notified by email when your request is available and you can download it from your Interlibrary Loan account.